How to: Get Your Hair to Stay Up All Day Long + SECRET Tutorial for Men's Longer Hair
How to Make Your Hair Stand Up
Maybe you're looking for a wacky new hairstyle, or perhaps you're looking to add volume and shape to your hairdo. Regardless of the look you're going for, there are plenty of ways to make your hair stand up. By using products and styling methods that are best for your hair type, your hair can defy gravity in a matter of minutes.
Using Wet and Dry Styling Products
Wash your hair.You'll have an easier time adding volume to your hairstyle if you're working with clean hair. Gently dry off with a towel when you’re finished.
Massage 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of pre-styling mousse into your damp hair.Rub a palm-sized amount of mousse between your hands, and then run your fingers from the front to the back of your scalp. Massage the product into sections of hair as you go. Using mousse will help add volume and shape to your hair.
- For bonus utility, opt for a mousse that doubles as a heat protectant.
Blow-dry your hair on medium/high heat for 5-6 minutes.Dry your hair from the back of your head to the front, so that your dry back hairs can serve as a surface to layer your longer front hairs.
Use a round brush to sweep your hair upward and back.As you dry your hair, use a wave-like brushing motion. This will lock your hair in an upward sweeping motion, while creating volume throughout your hair.
- For short hair, this may be all you need to get it to stand straight up. Longer hair may need the help of additional product.
Blow-dry your hair on the cold setting for 1-2 minutes.At the end of your 5-6 minute drying interval on medium/hot, switch the setting on your blowdryer to cold. Stick with this setting until your hair is completely dry. Using the cold setting for the final minutes of your drying session will help lock in the shape of your hairstyle.
Apply 1 teaspoon (4.9 ml) of hair clay or paste for a dry look.Rub a dime-sized amount of product between the palms of your hands, and incorporate it into your freshly volumized locks. Using product will help your hair hold its shape while maintaining a natural look.
- If your hair is thick, use a hair clay. If your hair is on the thinner side, opt for a paste.
- Using too much product can weigh down your hair, which can prevent it from standing up. When in doubt, use less clay/paste than you think you’ll need. You can always apply more later.
Apply 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of hair gel or wax for a wet finish.Rub a quarter-sized amount of product between your fingers, and use the product to sculpt your hair into spikes. When using gels and waxes, start from the roots of your hair, and comb upwards with your fingers. Gels and waxes will sculpt your hair in a firm, spiky style that will appear wet all day.
Finish off with some hairspray.This step is optional, but using hairspray will help ensure that your hairstyle holds its shape. Give your hair a quick spray to lock in that volume. This is especially important for longer hair, as it is more resistant to drooping and falling.
Experiment with different products.If you’re having trouble making your hair stand up, you might be using the wrong kind of hair product. For example, if your hair is longer - up to 5 inches (13 cm) on top - your best bet is a pomade or clay product. If your hair is shorter, you’ll be better off with a gel or a wax.
Brushing Your Hair Up
Use backcombing techniques for longer hairstyles.Backcombing involves teasing your hair with a brush or fine toothed comb in order to create volume. Often associated with the "beehive" look, backcombing is a great option for making your hair stand up with little-to-no hair products.
Use fingerpicking techniques with styling product for short hairstyles.You can incorporate volume into short hairstyles by using your fingers to sculpt your hair upwards. Add a dime-sized or nickel-sized amount of product into your hands, depending upon your hair length. Then slowly comb your fingers through your hair from the roots to the tips. Comb and tease your fingers upwards in order to make your hair stand up.
- For a wet look, opt for a gel. For a dry finish, use a matte product.
- This technique works best on slightly dirty hair, as natural hair oils will help your hair hold its shape. Try fingerpicking your hair the day or two after you've washed it.
Use a hair pick for curly hair types.If your hair is very curly, you can create volume and make your hair stand up by using a hair pick. Start with the pick positioned directly against your hair roots, and brush about 1 inch (2.5 cm) out in order to build subtle volume throughout your hair.
Using Static Electricity
Blow up a balloon.Take a rubber balloon and fill it with air, either with a pump or by using your own breath. Fill the balloon with enough air so that the rubber is firm and taut, and then tie it off.
Rub the balloon against the hair on top of your head.Gently move the balloon back and forth several times along your scalp. This will allow the static charge of the balloon to be transferred all over your hairs, which will help them stand up.
Look in the mirror.At this point, your hair should be standing up! The static electricity effects won’t last longer than a minute or so, but you can maintain your static hairdo by continuing to rub your hair with the balloon.
Getting the Right Haircut
Ask for a quiff.The quiff refers to a haircut that is styled longer in the front, with a gradual taper as you move back. Tell your barber to cut the sides and back shorter while keeping the length on top.
- Save a few pictures of quiff styles on your phone to reference if you’re worried you won’t be able to describe what you want.
Opt for a quiff with 5 inches (13 cm) on top.When you make the front of your hair stand up, this length will appear voluminous, rather than shaggy. The longer your hair is in the front, the more volume you’ll be able to create when you style it.
Request a short taper on the sides and back.Your hair should be shorter than 1 inch (2.5 cm) on the back and sides. When your haircut is finished, there should be a definite contrast between the front and back lengths of your hair.
Trim your quiff about once a month.It’s difficult to make your hair stand up in a quiff if it’s much longer than 5 inches (13 cm) on top. If you like this hairstyle, it’s a good idea to go to the barber when you notice your hair has grown between 1 inch (2.5 cm) to 2 inches (5.1 cm).
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